CHEZ COSETTE – FRENCH FOOD WITH A TWIST
Finding a restaurant in Geneva that offers delicious food and excellent service without eye-watering prices, is not easy.
Sometimes, though, the most unassuming restaurant can surprise you by ticking all 3 these boxes – like Chez Cosette, our latest find, in the Old Town.
Set in the traditional heart of Geneva near the Maison Tavel and the canons, the tiny little restaurant offers traditional French cooking but with a decidedly modern and innovative twist at very reasonable prices and with friendly, personal and efficient service to boot!
Chez Cosette’s interior is 40s inspired offering a cosy and intimate setting to make you feel as if you’re at your grandmother or aunt’s house. From the period mirrors, to the old-time radio and dainty porcelain, which belongs to the restaurant owner’s wife, there are little touches everywhere to make you feel at home.
I love the black board menu, which the waiter brings to the table with the selection of the day’s dishes – a great personal touch!
The restaurant has a small terrace outside.
French, but with an innovative twist to every dish – the idea is to offer great food without being too fancy, keeping the ingredients simple and exploring local and seasonal flavours and textures.
There are quite a few dishes I’d love to try, such as the sea bream tartar with fresh ginger, basil and mango or the tartar of avocado and grapefruit topped with grilled black tiger prawns. (CHF22)
I also like the sound of ravioli filled with asparagus and foie gras – pimped with black truffle shavings! (CHF28) All the pasta on the menu is homemade.
According to the waiter the faux filet de boeuf – (sirloin) with pesto, lemon and crushed potatoes, is one of the most popular menu choices. (CHF32)
I settle for the sea bream tartar, which is amazingly fresh and tantalising – a delightful combination of flavours.
My partner raves about the ravioli and we nod at each other knowingly. Now, this is what we call excellent food.
Dessert offerings include home made lemon pie, carrot cake and more.
The menu changes every 3-5 weeks and the ingredients are fresh and local.
We love Chez Cosette – you feel totally at home, the food is great and unlike so many Geneva restaurants, you don’t feel ripped off. Definitely worth a try.
Grand-Rue 14 | 1204 Genève
+41 (0) 22 556 55 56
Tuesday to Saturday
From 12h to 14h30 and from 19h to 22h30
Closed Sundays and Mondays